Mark Houghton

Mark Tennyson Houghton was awarded the position of 3rd horn with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June 2014. Previously, he was principal horn of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony and, most recently, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell wrote of Houghton: “He had a tone of burnished elegance and amazing expressive range, and he delivered some protracted decrescendos that took the breath away.”

Houghton was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Keller, Texas. After some basic piano training, he began playing horn at age 12. His parents — who are professional horn players and teachers — were his first instructors. Advanced studies yielded a Bachelor of Music degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of W. Peter Kurau. Other notable teachers and mentors include Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Houghton has appeared with the Mimir Chamber Music FestivalArizona Musicfest,Basically Beethoven Festival, The Hall Ensemble, Eastman Virtuosi andtheRochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has toured domestically with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and abroad with theEastman Horn ChoirIn addition to his previous full-time principal horn positions, Houghton has performed as principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the DallasWind Symphony. He has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestraandthe Phoenix Symphonyamong othersHoughton was a prizewinner in the American Horn Competition and the International Horn Society's John Hawkins Memorial Solo Competition. Houghton was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University and has appeared as an artist or guest clinician at multiple International Horn Societysymposia,the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas,Arizona State University, The University of Arizona, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Wichita State University and the Texas Music Educators Association convention. 

Houghton is part-owner of Houghton Horns, a family business that specializes in high-quality instruments, services and accessories for horn players.